Ms Mackinnon is one of more than 4,000 new undergraduate students to be offered a place to study at ANU in 2018, but she will be in the first group to study the Bachelor of Health Science - a course which leads students into medicine or other health professions.
The Bachelor of Health Science is designed to help students from rural areas become doctors and health professionals, and Ms Mackinnon, from the New South Wales town of Bega, is keen to study medicine and work in rural medicine.
“I want to get into medicine and do that through ANU, and eventually find something to specialise in,” Ms Mackinnon said. “I’d like to do some work somewhere in Australia’s remote communities.
“I think ANU has a great name and reputation for studying. I’ve found it is a really welcoming place to join.”
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt congratulated the students who have received an offer for 2018 and welcomed them to the ANU community.
“ANU continues to attract high quality students from around Australia to come to the national capital, while offering the best and brightest Canberra students a great education at their doorstep,” Professor Schmidt said.
“I congratulate all of the students who have received an offer to join us at ANU, and I look forward to welcoming our new students to the ANU community in February.”
ANU has offered places to 1,308 domestic undergraduate students in the main January offers through Universities Admissions Centre (UAC), taking the total undergraduate offers to study in 2018 to 4,258, representing a 12 per cent increase compared with the same time in 2017.
The strong demand for 2018 means ANU has only limited places still available in a small number of courses.
Demand has been particularly strong for the highly popular Flexible Double Degrees in Arts, Social Sciences, Business and Science, and with Flexible Double Degrees including Law, and with Flexible Double Degrees in Engineering and Advanced Computing.
Applications from outside of the ACT were up by 15 per cent for 2018 compared with 2017, while applications from the ACT region were up by nine per cent compared with 2017.